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Ecosystem function and conservation

Headline research projects for this theme:

Variations in phenol availability from decomposing macrophyte litter could enhance methane production from lake sediments with a major impact on global carbon cycling. Lead: Andrew Tanentzap

Stable isotopes define rainforest bryophyte distribution and montane bryophytes make a significant contribution carbon and water storage. Lead: Howard Griffiths

Tropical forest resilience: a repeat LIDAR survey of 300 km2 of Malaysian rainforest reveal widespread leaf loss in response to El Nino event but little mortality. Lead: David Coomes

Contributing research groups: 

Some projects will be specifically targeted towards defined UKRI Research Council DTP schemes, as well as being open for applicants applying to the University's Graduate Funding Competition or other sources of funding.

Potential applicants should always approach the potential Supervisor/Group Leader in the first instance to discuss eligibility.

Key to funding opportunities below:

  • BBSRC = BBSRC DTP, iCASE, Targeted,
  • GFC = Graduate Funding Competition,
  • NERC = Cambridge NERC C-CLEAR DTP,
  • OTHER = Other sources of funding


Title Description
Coomes Group: Using airborne laser scanning to track the impacts of global change on forest ecosystems NERC / GFC / OTHER
Coomes Group: Hyperspectral imaging of disease spread in New Zealand native forests NERC / GFC / OTHER
Coomes Group: How resilient are tropical rainforest to anthropogenic climate change? NERC / GFC / OTHER
Coomes Group: Hyperspectral analysis of plant biodiversity and evolution NERC / GFC / OTHER
Pellegrini Group: The effect of the interaction between climate change and fire on ecosystem health and productivity in tropical and temperate forests NERC / GFC / OTHER
Pellegrini Group: The resilience of savanna ecosystems to changing fire regimes NERC / GFC / OTHER
Pellegrini Group: The effect of fire on coniferous forests in the western United States NERC / GFC / OTHER
Tanentzap Group: Evolutionary ‘omics of adaptation in environmental microbiomes GFC / OTHER
Tanentzap Group: Thawing Arctic: productivity and sources of carbon cycling in small lakes NERC / GFC / OTHER
Tanentzap Group: Evolution on the wild side: the predictability of adaptation to global change NERC / GFC / OTHER
Tanentzap Group: Invisible world: the biogeography of molecular and microbial diversity in European lakes NERC / GFC / OTHER